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Davis, Arthur Vining (30 May 1867–17 November 1962), industrialist, financier, and philanthropist, was born in Sharon, Massachusetts, the son of Perley B. Davis, a Congregational minister, and Mary Vining. Educated in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and at Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Davis enrolled at Amherst College and graduated in 1888 at the top of his class. He left for Pittsburgh, where ...

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Hall, Charles Martin (06 December 1863–27 December 1914), inventor and industrialist, was born in Thompson, Ohio, the son of Heman Bassett Hall, Congregational minister and Caribbean missionary, and Sophronia Brooks. His educated, pious parents of modest means moved the family to Oberlin, Ohio, when Hall was ten so that the seven children might attend the college of their parents. As a youth, Hall read widely in the libraries of his father and of the college. He also became an accomplished pianist. A true son of the age of invention, for which the ...

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Straus, Roger Williams (14 December 1891–28 July 1957), corporation executive and educational administrator, was born in New York City, the son of Oscar Solomon Straus, a lawyer, businessman, and diplomat, and Sarah Lavanburg. Straus’s father served as U.S. minister to Turkey and as secretary of commerce and labor in President ...